Much fun tonight, starting with a pow wow with the other HLS founders. We talk via email all the time, but it was so nice to get together and talk in person. There’s a lot of wonderful things about writing a blog, but there’s a lot of garbage that comes with it and having other bloggers for support is the greatest.
I went out with Caitlin and Tina for a drink to kill some time before the cocktail party began
We also shared this goat cheese platter to tide our hunger – <3 goat cheese!
Soon enough we were roaming the halls of the Reading Terminal Market
And stumbled upon the party deep inside!
I started the evening with a Dogfish! I hadn’t had this Chicory Stout before – it was good! (Jealous Kanz!?)
Tonight’s food was a great mix of cheese, veggies, pizzas and a few passed items like pretzel-covered chicken that was a crunchy bite
I had a plate of food, highlighted in cheese!
I met so many fun new ladies tonight – meeting people is so fun! My favorite part is asking someone where they live. I love making connections and talking differences in regions.
The Healthy Hoboken Girl brought me this fabulous biker girl mug!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will have to show you a better daylight photo. I am in love!
And inside was filled with macaroons!! I shared them with some other blog readers for dessert
I took a final sip of beer (just to taste it – shared it with others) and chugged some water, which made me explode from my dress!!
I hobbled back in my heels and am tucked in bed! (I am already sweating in these polyester-like sheets. I blame them for the sweat!)
Hi Kath! Long-time reader, just-beginning blogger. I was wondering, could you explain what you meant when you said there was a lot of ‘garbage’ that came with writing a blog? I’d love to know in advance.
Other than the Marie Claire backlash, I’ve never read any real negatives to blogging by the bloggers themselves.
Negative comments, internet bullies, trolls, hate sites, Marie Claire! We try to stay really positive despite it all, but like any life trials, it’s nice to be able to share experiences and support with friends who are going through the same thing
🙁 weird that people would put that much energy into being that negative. I’m sure the love WAY outweighs the hate though!!
Melissa Rodriguez says
I read your post on MC article about food bloggers. I would like to give you my humble opinion about your site. As I have mentioned before in another post, you are an INSPIRATION to ME. I don’t care about people’s opinion. I care about my opinion and how much I know your site has changed my life. And from this humble avid reader and new blogger I say THANK YOU!
Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco says
I second that! The MC article was totally out of line; isn’t this site great? I’m glad to hear some nice people such as yourself realize how much is to be gained from Kath. Happy HLS, in case you’re there!
All of you ladies look beautiful! 🙂
Katherina @ Zephyr Runs says
You guys all look great! Meghann looks ready to party 😛 and those macaroons are making me hungry.
Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. says
Sounds like an exciting evening! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of the weekend!
Lynda @ Healthy Hoboken Girl says
It was such a pleasure to meet you tonight. So glad you loved the bike mug! Enjoy it!!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
You all look gorgeous! And I am sure the party has just only begin! There’s so much more fun in store in HLS. Have fun ladies 🙂
Allie (Live Laugh Eat) says
Oh man! I was eyeing those macaroons from about 3 feet away!! Creepy…
Come to my room and get ’em!
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
Looks like a great start to a great weekend! Enjoy it Kath!
Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says
You all look so beautiful! This picture will bring smiles for many days to come…. Enjoy yourself!
ps-I hate when clothes fit and by the end of an evening or day, it no longer looks like I fit into it. ugh. I bet you still looked beautiful though!! 🙂
Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio says
What a fun and fantastic evening y’all had!! I finally made it to the hotel. Can’t wait to meet everyone tomorrow.
Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats says
You ladies all look so beautiful! 🙂 I hope Tina posts where that dress is from! It is to die for!!
She wants to give it away!! Tell her it was cute
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed says
I love your necklace. Is it gold or wood?
gold! From last year’s Blogher
Deva (Voracious Vorilee) says
It sounds like an amazing evening! I can’t wait to hear/read more about the HLS – and to read all about the presentations this year :-).
You guys look amaze, keep doing what you do, and the haters will always hate 🙂
Erika @ The Teenage Taste says
All of you founder gals look fabulous! I love your dress Kath! Where’d you get it?
I think it’s from H&M?
Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee says
Uggh poly sheets are horrible!!! I live in TX so I go all cotton. Pretzel chicken is super easy to make at home, I just had it last week!!! You just crush the pretzels, dip chicken tenders into egg whites and then into the pretzels, and then pan cook them in a tiny bit of oil. 🙂 I like it with honey mustard on top.
Such gorgeous girls with almost-as-adorable dresses!
This is hilarious! I leave Penn to check out C’ville’s med-school for next year and of course to pay you an Matt a visit and all this time you were in Philly! Too funny. I did get to see the new store and grab a loaf of the cinnamon raisin walnut bread along with some C’ville cluster granola and I could not leave without some of vanilla almond butter! All excellent by the way. I would have said hello to Matt but he was preoccupied with a gentleman wearing a Vietnam veteran hat asking about day old bread. Will definitely make another trip down soon.
Awww sorry I missed you!
lynn @ the actor's diet says
tres cool mug! hope you packed an extra suitcase!
J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says
Everyone’s hair looks really good! So does all of the cheese in this post. <3 cheese
There's a dark side to blogging, but anyone or anybody in the spotlight is pretty much fair game. I guess we all know what celebrities must feel like.. on a much smaller scale of course, lol. Most of us don't have paparazzi tailing us 24/7– yet. haha
It really annoys me when I read negative comments on people’s blog. If I for any reason stopped liking the content of your posts, isn’t it just easier to stop reading than be a biatch about it! Grrr some people go out of their way to be mean!
Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine says
I will never understand why someone will spend hours of time and energy trying to be mean or hurtful–you all seem beyond kind 🙂
Aine @ Something to Chew Over says
I love your dress Kath!
Looks like you’re having a great time – enjoy today! 🙂
Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance says
That must be awesome to be one of the founders of such a successful event 🙂 Congrats Kath!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
We’re such a positive community, so it sucks that there’s so much outside negativity! But I think everyone who has dealt with it has handled it so well. 🙂 I’m glad you had fun last night! Were those Gina’s macaroons? I’m dying to try them!!
They weren’t, but they were good!
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
“There’s a lot of wonderful things about writing a blog, but there’s a lot of garbage that comes with it and having other bloggers for support is the greatest. “–
I just posted today about a meetup I had with my friend and although she isnt currently blogging, she runs websites and can totally relate to it all.
And I have a circle of friends that when I get a particular doosie of a comment or just one of those head shake huh ones…that I now have learned to LAUGH about <–but that only took 2+ yrs 🙂 but yes, having a circle of friends to share it with who get it, 100%, yes, priceless.
And all you girls look…amazing!!! And everyone has great hair!
Looks like a blast, and I love your nails!!
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
Aww gotta love those blog sista’s! haha love the grey dress and glad your having a blast 🙂
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
All that cheese! My best friend is obsessed with anything cheese, she would have loved that! Sounds like a great time! and good luck with those sheets, I have the same problem!
Sophie @ threetimesf says
The cocktail party looks like a blast, and you all look lovely 😀 Have a great weekend!
Lindsay @ Lindsay's List says
All of you founders are hotties!! 😉
Shayla @ The Good Life says
You ladies look absolutely gorgeous, what a fun night!! 🙂
The Reading Terminal Market looks cool! I would probably like the Herbiary store.
[email protected] says
Everyone looked beautiful!
Looked like a very fun night:-)
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
I don’t know if you and Matt have ever seen the documentary Beer Wars but I think you watch it sometime! Super interesting and the owner of Dogfish Head is in it a lot.